Book Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

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Format: Paperback

Pages: 672 pages

Published:  February 27th 2003 (first published November 26th 1859)

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

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Book Review: They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie

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Format: Paperback

Pages: 214 pages

Published: 1952

Publisher: Harper

Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

Synopsis:

Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in Stoneygates, a rehabilitation center for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when someone shoots at the administrator. Although he is not injured, a mysterious visitor is less fortunately shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building.

Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not, and must use all her cunning to solve the riddle of the stranger’s visit … and his murder.

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Book Review: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 422 pages

Published: May 27, 2016

Publisher: Custom House

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

 

 

Synopsis:

“Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way.

They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners’ agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.

Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.”

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Book Review: Persuasion by Jane Austen

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Pages: 271 pages

Published: 1817

Publisher: Bantam Classics

Genre: Fiction,Classics

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Jane Austen’s last completed novel, Persuasion is a delightful social satire of England’s landed gentry and a moving tale of lovers separated by class distinctions. After years apart, unmarried Anne Elliot, the heroine Jane Austen called “almost too good for me,” encounters the dashing naval officer others persuaded her to reject, as he now courts the rash and younger Louisa Musgrove. Superbly drawn, these characters and those of Anne’s prideful father, Sir Walter, the scheming Mrs. Clay, and the duplicitous William Elliot, heir to Kellynch Hall, become luminously alive—so much so that the poet Tennyson, visiting historic Lyme Regis, where a pivotal scene occurs, exclaimed: “Don’t talk to me of the Duke of Monmouth. Show me the exact spot where Louisa Musgrove fell!”

Tender, almost grave, Persuasion offers a glimpse into Jane Austen’s own heart while it magnificently displays the full maturity of her literary power.

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Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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Format:  Paperback

Pages: 300 pages

Published: November 6, 1939

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Thriller

 

 

 

Synopsis:

“‘Ten . . .”
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious “U.N. Owen.”

‘Nine . . .’
At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.

‘Eight . . .’
Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . one by one they begin to die.

‘Seven . . .’
Who among them is the killer and will any of them survive?”

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Book Review: The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

Format:  Paperback

Pages: 410 pages

Published: 1913

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Genre: Fiction & Literature, Classics

 

 

 

Synopsis: 

Edith Wharton’s satiric anatomy of American society in the first decade of the twentieth century appeared in 1913; it both appalled and fascinated its first reviewers, and established her as a major novelist. The Saturday Review wrote that she had ‘assembled as many detestable people as it is possible to pack between the covers of a six-hundred page novel’, but concluded that the book was ‘brilliantly written’, and ‘should be read as a parable’. It follows the career of Undine Spragg, recently arrived in New York from the Midwest and determined to conquer high society. Glamorous, selfish, mercenary, and manipulative, her principal assets are her striking beauty, her tenacity, and her father’s money. With her sights set on an advantageous marriage, Undine pursues her schemes in a world of shifting values, where triumph is swiftly followed by disillusion. Wharton was re-creating an environment she knew intimately, and Undine’s education for social success is chronicled in meticulous detail. The novel superbly captures the world of post-Civil War America, as ruthless in its social ambitions as in its business and politics.

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Book Review: A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

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Format:  Paperback

Pages: 297 pages

Published: April 12, 2011

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Thriller

 

 

Synopsis:

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity when the Gazette advertises “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.”

A childish practical joke? Or a spiteful hoax? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, the locals arrive at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out anda gun is fired. When they come back on, a gruesome scene is revealed. An impossible crime? Only Miss Marple can unravel it.

You open a newspaper (let us be more relevant, most likely online) and you see that a murder has been announced! What do you do? If you are unsure, you are no different from the people of the quiet village of Chipping Cleghorn. They didn’t know what to make of this type of news but their curiosity was much greater than their fear. Lo and behold, a real murder does occur and only the legendary Miss Marple can crack the case.

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Four Austen Graphic Novels

 

Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Stacy King

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Format: Paperback

Pages: 308 pages

Published: August 19, 2014

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

Genre: Graphic Novels, Mangas, Classics

If you are looking for an exact adaptation of the is beloved, then this is not the right book. But don’t let that deter you. This is another delightful edition in the Manga Classics series. It might be a tad dramatic but that doesn’t stop it from being a great story. The text was appropriate, especially if it’s targeting a younger audience. It felt more like teenagers were talking to one another which oddly enough made it more enjoyable . The art was fantastic as usual. I really loved how during the intense and important moments of the story, the weather reflected that such as raining during Darcy’s second proposal. So although this version does takes this classic in a new direction, don’t fret Austen lovers. It still brings all the charm and wit the original emits. Another successful adaptation!

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Stacy King, art by Po Se

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Pages: 308 pages

Published: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

Genre: Graphic Novels, Mangas, Classics

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Impulsive Marianne Dashwood and cautious Elinor are as different as two sisters could be, yet both are shattered by their father’s sudden Death. Elinor’s attachment to the reserved Edward Ferrars is torn asunder by family opposition and his own dark secret, while Marianne’s brilliant romance with the dashing John Willoughby comes to a tumultuous end in a devastating public betrayal. Can the two sisters overcome these trials to find true, lasting happiness?

Jane Austen’s beloved first novel, filled with romance, redemption and social critique, is brought to life for a modern audience in this gorgeous manga-style adaptation! Continue reading “Book Review: Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Stacy King, art by Po Se”

Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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Format:  Hardcover

Pages: 699 pages

Published: 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

I don’t know if I was so enamored with the series and failed to see the first two books’ flaws and faults but I feel that this was the weakest book of the entire series. I had a very difficult time to get through this one. Unlike the previous two, I neglected to feel that urge to continuously read and “never put it down”. I had to encourage myself (and combined with the fact that I didn’t want to carry around this heavy book anymore) to try to finish this book and I don’t think I should force myself to like a book.

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